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A complex range of factors is shaping how and why cities adopt renewable energy, from costs to the need for stable power supplies
‘This building is its own power plant’: your stories of renewables in the cityAs renewable energy projects are rolled out in cities around the world, we spoke to companies and organisations working in the sector to find out what’s happening and what to expect
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2017-02-22 02:03:09
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's proposed plan to tax greenhouse gas emissions would probably hit oil refiners hard, ramping up costs in an industry that has been central to the city-state's rapid development over the last half-century.
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2017-02-21 04:21:40
Malcolm Turnbull says technology ‘mature and cost-effective’ as Australian Renewable Energy Agency grant announcedThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped hydro energy storage project off South Australia as the state’s energy mix continues to cause a political storm
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2017-02-20 21:01:09
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Federal funding for Adani project amounts to $683,060 a job, compared with $32,191 a worker in Queensland’s clean energy sector, 350.org says Clean energy projects in Queensland are already on track to create more employment than Australia’s largest proposed coalmine, which if funded federally would cost taxpayers 21 times more per job, according to new study
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2017-02-08 00:19:05
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Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker reportFalling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “gamechangers” that could leave fossil fuels stranded
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2017-02-02 00:01:22
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A government plan to spur the construction of solar energy farms in Brazil is faltering because of high costs, strict rules requiring local components and low-priced competition from Chinese suppliers, say regulators and power sector executives.
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2017-01-31 17:57:52
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Offices, gyms, supermarkets – even your local bus shelter. We want to find out about the renewables projects in your citiesRenewable power is spreading across cities around the world. Whether motivated by energy security, cost or climate change, the result is a surge of projects from Rio de Janeiro to Melbourne
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2017-01-30 06:30:44
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016      Leave a Comment
Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test periodFrance has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.A 1km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels, was inaugurated on Thursday by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal
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2016-12-22 08:08:21
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Internet giant says renewable energy is increasingly lowest cost option and it will not rule out investing in nuclear powerGoogle’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.
The internet giant is already the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable electricity, last year buying 44% of its power from wind and solar farms
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2016-12-06 08:40:50
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Is a cost-neutral shift to renewables too good to be true? Energy minister Mark Bailey is ready to take on anyone who says he can’t get to 50-50 without steep price risesIt seemed impossibly good news for the Queensland government in its push to transform Australia’s biggest carbon-polluting state into a renewable energy powerhouse in little more than a decade
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2016-11-29 16:00:43
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MARRAKESH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Renewable energy will keep growing in the next few years as costs drop and coal use continues to fall, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to revive the fossil fuel, investors and analysts said.
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2016-11-16 10:31:33
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Policy Exchange says policies boost growth in dirty diesel, arguing a smarter power grid could cut costs and curb emissionsSmart technology that could shave £90 off household energy bills and curb carbon emissions is being stymied by government policy, a leading thinktank has said.In a wide-ranging report, Policy Exchange also claimed that current energy policy offered too many incentives to build polluting diesel generator farms at the expense of cleaner technology
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2016-11-06 18:01:30
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Government should restore subsidies for onshore wind power as a cost-effective way of reducing the country’s emissions, says head of ScottishPowerThe UK’s climate targets are at risk if the government does not reverse its decision to end support for windfarms, the head of one of the Big Six energy companies has warned
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2016-11-03 08:12:42
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A look back over last eight years shows that a president really does matterMy how far we’ve come in less than eight years. We have seen happen what those of us in the climate and energy fields knew could happen. The US has become a world leader on climate change, dramatically increased our production of clean and renewable fuels, reduced our emissions of greenhouse gases, signed major international agreements to continue progress into the future, and have done so without cost increases or power disruptions that the denial community proclaimed would occur
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2016-11-02 05:00:16
Thursday, October 20th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive with turbines being installed from the Irish to the Baltic Seas, reports Environment 360On a sunny October morning, our boat passes the run-down relicts of Liverpool’s maritime past and heads down the river Mersey and into the Irish Sea
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2016-10-20 10:29:28